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Sweet tea?

All right people,  I need some help!  I travel to the south now and then for work.  While I'm there I tend to drink sweet tea like nobody's business.  The problem is when I'm home I seem to go through sweet tea withdrawals.  I can't seem to find a good and easy recipe that mimics the tea from the south.  If anyone could help me out with their secret weapon recipe I would be very grateful.  Thanks in advance

Judd
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  • Easy.  Sun tea.  Put a few bags of tea in a jug of water, and set it outside for the sun to heat the water.  For some reason, it makes better tea.
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  • I live in Wisconsin.  If I try that approach I will have a large ice cube.
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  • My mom boils water and adds in about 8 tea bags, let this sit for about an hour with heat off.

    Remove tea bags and pout this liquid into a gallon container.

    Add sugar and hot tap water to fill.

    I think she uses 2.5 cups of sugar per gallon.

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  • U_tardedU_tarded Posts: 1,249
    I make a simple syrup 2 to 1 ratio sugar to water to dissolve the sugar easier. (2 cups sugar 4 cups water for an end result of about a gallon) A little lemon helps too. Picked up about the juice from half a lemon per gallon of tea helps keep it from being overly sweet. But not too lemony.
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 10,468

    My mom boils water and adds in about 8 tea bags, let this sit for about an hour with heat off.

    Remove tea bags and pout this liquid into a gallon container.

    Add sugar and hot tap water to fill.

    I think she uses 2.5 cups of sugar per gallon.

    What this guy said. The 1 hour rest allows the flavor of the tea to concentrate. You can also leave the concentrate(after adding sugar) at room temp covered for a week and add a little extra water plus ice to cool it and dilute into the perfect glass.This stuff is the rocket fuel I grew up on in Charleston, SC. Boil about 8 cups of water with the tea bags, that is what I do. Otherwise, you can also boil the whole amount with the tea bags and add the sugar to the pot after the steep. Stir to dissolve and refrigerate. I actually use 12 bags of Red Rose Tea for mine.
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  • I buy Lipton Southern Sweet Tea at Sam's, one tea bag makes a gallon pre- sweetened with splenda, very good and easy to make.
    Ova B.
    Fulton MO
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  • brimeebrimee Posts: 68
    I buy Lipton Southern Sweet Tea at Sam's, one tea bag makes a gallon pre- sweetened with splenda, very good and easy to make.
    Your kidding, right? Lipton is Northern tea...

    You can only make good sweet tea using Luzianne tea...
      And then alot of sugar of course.


    Brian
    Fairview, Texas
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  • I have heard that Milo's tea (sold in gallon container in the south) is sweetened with brown sugar (don't know if light or dark brown sugar).
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,807
    technically, there ain't no tea grown anywhere in the continental USofA. 

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:WorldTeaProductionFAO2008.svg

    There's a sweet tea down here in NOLA that is insanely good.  They call it Lebanese Tea.  I've never seen it anywhere else, but it's not hard to make.  You'll need rosewater.

    http://www.middlebarla.com/2011/10/monas-lebanese-iced-tea.html

    Another variation is to make tea and sweeten with it with jallab syrup.  You can order it from Amazon, or if you have a middle eastern grocery, they might have it.

    http://www.amazon.com/Jallab-Syrup-Ziyad-27oz-770g/dp/B000LRKODK
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  • AviatorAviator Posts: 1,519
    Milos sweet tea is also available with splenda.

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  • I use THIS. Brew with lipton iced tea bags and regular sugar. My wife is a Texan and I am a Floridian, we both approve. 
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,807
    Travis - don't forget the juice.

    Bourbon Lemon Tea


    Ingredients:

    Preparation:

    1. In a double rocks glass, add bourbon and limoncello.
    2. Add ice.
    3. Top with ice tea.
    4. Garnish with lemon wedge and serve.

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  • I stopped reading after the first ingredient.  Ahhhhh!  Makers Mark is great sippin' whiskey!

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,807
    I hooked up the bourbon IV as soon as I got home from work.  What a long week.
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  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,059
    edited December 2012
    Hooked up? Do you have like an IV setup or something? Never mind reread :\">

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • HossHoss Posts: 14,587
    Hooked up? Do you have like an IV setup or something? Never mind reread :\">
    Hey buddy.

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  • HossHoss Posts: 14,587
    Hooked up? Do you have like an IV setup or something? Never mind reread :\">

    Hooked up? Do you have like an IV setup or something? Never mind reread :\">

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,807
    I stopped reading after the first ingredient.  Ahhhhh!  Makers Mark is great sippin' whiskey!
    I wouldn't waste makers mark in that.... Evan Williams black label - yep.
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • Hoss said:
    Hooked up? Do you have like an IV setup or something? Never mind reread :\">

    Hooked up? Do you have like an IV setup or something? Never mind reread :\">

    Dammit Hoss!

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,807
    Well, Miss B is a nurse and there's usually an IV needle in her work jacket, but I usually just use those for home surgery when one of the cats gets an abscess.
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
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    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • Know any good nurse jokes? My wife is one too

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,807
    plenty.

    Q: Why's the blonde nurse carry a red Sharpie around the hospital?
    A: In case she needs to draw blood.
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    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • Mine aren't quite that clean

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • Easy.  Sun tea.  Put a few bags of tea in a jug of water, and set it outside for the sun to heat the water.  For some reason, it makes better tea.
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    Pasquali Luciano
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  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,951
    edited December 2012
    I was in the hospital for three days.  Then, I took a turn for the nurse.

    W.C. Fields


    (my wife is a nurse too)
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  • There was one about a bowling ball I remember

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

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  • I just slipped the bar girl a $20 to pour me a triple jonnie walker.

    Xmas parties suck.

    I prefer grand mariner (sp?) in my tea.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 13,527
    Sugar in sweet tea is like drinking beer...where do you stop?
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • smaschsmasch Posts: 115
    So, lived in Missouri till 6 yrs ago.  Moved to the Atlanta area for wife's job.  Being a fireman in the area, you can immerse yourself in the sweet tea culture.
    1). Plain sweet tea
    2). D25. Sweet tea that will pull you out of a minor diabetic stupor
    3). D50. Able to pull you out of a DEEP diabetic coma
    4). Reunion tea.  Able to PUT you in a state of such HIGH sugar dependency that you can chew the grit.  
    Enjoy
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  • U_tardedU_tarded Posts: 1,249
    sweet tea vodka is pretty awesome too my wife and I mix firefly vodka with a 1/3 lemonade in the summer and get all sorts of silly off of it can't taste the alcohol at all.
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